Apple Press Info

“Night of the Panther” Kicks Off at 8:00 p.m. Tomorrow

CUPERTINO, California—October 23, 2003—Mac OS® X version 10.3 “Panther,” the next major release of the world’s most advanced operating system, will go on sale tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at participating Apple® Authorized Resellers and Apple retail stores throughout the U.S. All 65 Apple retail stores will host “Night of the Panther” kick-off events with free gifts, great savings, theater demos and a chance to win a Mac®.

“With more than 150 new features, we’re delivering innovations today that will not be seen in any other operating system for years to come,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Tomorrow night tens of thousands of Mac users across the country will be the first to experience the exciting new features of Panther, including Exposé, a revolutionary breakthrough in user interface design, and iChat AV desktop video conferencing.”

Panther delivers more than 150 breakthrough new features including a completely new Finder™ that provides one-click access to a user’s favorite files and folders; Exposé, a revolutionary new way to instantly see all open windows at once; and iChat AV, a complete desktop video conferencing solution for business, education and consumers.

Apple will also release Mac OS X Server version 10.3 “Panther” at the same time. Based on the same core technology as the desktop operating system, Panther Server integrates leading open source and open standards software with easy-to-use management tools that make it easy to deploy popular server solutions for Mac, Windows and Linux clients.

Pricing & Availability
Mac OS X version 10.3 “Panther” will be available on Friday, October 24 beginning at 8:00 p.m. through The Apple Store (www.apple.com), at Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $129 (US) for a single-user license. The Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther" Family Pack is a single-residence, five-user license that will be available at the same time for a suggested retail price of $199 (US). Volume and maintenance pricing is available from Apple. Panther requires a Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G3, G4, G5 processor; built-in USB; and 128MB of physical RAM.

Mac OS X Server version 10.3 “Panther” will be available beginning on Friday, October 24th at 8:00 p.m. through The Apple Store (www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for a 10-client edition and $999 (US) for an unlimited-client edition. Panther Server works together with Apple’s powerful Xserve® rack-mount server hardware and is designed to run on Power Mac G5, G4 and G3 computers with a minimum of 128MB RAM, 4GB of available disk space and built-in USB.

The standard Mac OS Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchased a new Mac system on or after October 8 that did not have Panther included; customers who purchased a Power Mac G5 regardless of purchase date that do not have Panther included; customers who purchased a new Xserve on or after October 8 that did not have Panther Server included; and customers who purchased the Mac OS X version 10.2 “Jaguar” or the Mac OS X Server version 10.2 “Jaguar” retail products on or after October 8, for a shipping and handling fee of $19.95 (US).

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